Egypt Independent

Trial of officers accused of killing demonstrators adjourned



An Egyptian court on Sunday adjourned to 6 January the trial of policemen accused of killing demonstrators in the Canal Zone city of Suez during the 18-day uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February.

The Suez Criminal Court has demanded, in a hearing held in al-Tagamoa al-Khamis, North of Cairo, an official copy of the testimony of former Intelligence Chief General Omar Suleiman along with the testimony of Interior Minister Mansour al-Essawy and former Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy in the trial of former President Mubarak.

Suleiman, 74, was appointed on 29 January as vice president in a desperate attempt by Mubarak to quell unprecedented protests against his 30-year rule.

On September, judge Ahmed Refaat, the presiding judge in Mubarak’s trial, summoned Egypt's military ruler and other top officials to testify in the ex-president’s trial.

Witnesses’ testimonies were heard behind closed doors for reasons of national security.

Fourteen defendants, including 10 officers, face charges of killing 18 demonstrators in Suez.

The former president is standing trial with former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adli, six police officers and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa. The former was once viewed as being groomed to his father's place as president of Egypt; the latter is a businessman.